BREWER: Garage Beer Co. (collaboration with Deya), Catalonia
VESSEL: 440ml tin
I normally award a few point here and there based on the name of a beer. To generate whether I think I like it or not I imagine walking in to a local, semi rural pub where I’m met by our old pal, Ralph the landlord. I then imagine how the name of the beer would roll off the tongue…
Pint of Pride please Ralph.. tick
Glass of Leveller please Ralph.. tick
Pint of False Coloured Eyes please Ralph… hmmm
To be fair, if it’s more of a crafty beer that I’m testing, I won’t judge the name quite as much this way, but it still crosses my mind. If I’m dealing with a craft name I try and think of what the name means and if it bears any relevance to the beer itself. There are some mighty odd (yet amazing) names out there but if it has absolutely nothing to do with the beer then what’s the point really?
False Coloured Eyes is a pretty cool name but it literally ends there. It has absolutely nothing to do with the beer OR beer at all really and you would sound like a bit of an ass when answering a question like… ‘What you drinking there pal’?
Anyway, to the look of the tin…
Blimey, I must be grumpy today. As a piece of art I really like it. As a beer can design however I’m not too sure. It’s pretty flippin sinister! Let’s just leave it there.
Ok, now beer wise we have a major issue (even the taste buds are grumpy it would seem)!!
This IPA is all over the shop. After the tangerine nose which gave FCE some promise, the initial taste kept spirits high. But it collapsed from there on in. There is a huge orange/tangerine hit after the swallow. Now, if you’re into that kind of thing then we don’t have a problem here. However, when those flavours portray themselves as dank then Barcelona we do have a problem. I spent every single sip trying to talk myself into thinking this beer was ok but just not for me but nope, sorry, the dank super citrus angle is simply not a good one full stop.
Jymi’s Rating: 54%
False Coloured Eyes is scary. Only a little bit. I mean, I’m not really really scared of it. Not enough to give me nightmares or anything. But, still, it is just a little bit scary. On the outside that it.
Luckily, the inside is an altogether different story. You see, once you strip back False Coloured Eyes you’re left with a very decent beer. It smell very pleasant and drinks really well.
What False Coloured Eyes really does prove, is that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. We’ve all known that for a long time. But what we have here is proof that the old cliche works for beers too.
So not only do we have a good beers on our hands, we have proof, actual real life proof, that you can’t judge a beer by its can!
If you get the chance, try one.
Sammy’s Rating: 80%
MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 67%
MOB review next weekend: HYDE & WILDE AMERICAN STYLE IPA by MARSTONS for SAINSBURYS
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